Over 40 people turned out for a “Shaping the City” workshop on October 8 to share their thoughts about how to make Anniston, Alabama a more attractive place in which to live and invest. The workshop was part of a three-day effort to gather input that would inform a land use vision for the city and ultimately a completely revised zoning code – the city’s first in over 30 years. In addition to the public workshop, planning NEXT conducted stakeholder interviews and a focused work session with the planning commission.
The workshop involved a brief introduction to Anniston’s zoning code and the process to update it. Participants then engaged in hands-on rating and map-based activities in order to express their preferences about places that should change and how they should be different in the future. These results will inform a general land use vision that will include a graphic and written description of distinct character types – including building size, building location, lot coverage, street patterns, and use – as well as a map of the city showing where those character areas are envisioned. Read more about the public workshop in The Anniston Star.
The zoning update was a priority recommendation of Anniston’s One City, One Vision strategic plan that was facilitated by planning NEXT and adopted by the City in July 2014. The zoning update is being led by consultants Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and planning NEXT.